By Sheree Morgan
On meeting Denise Bezanson, one is taken with her down to earth demeanor. The pieces displayed in her exhibit express her varied tastes; whimsical to realistic, calming to colorful. Very selective, she looks for artists on the rise, or well established, whose paintings have both aesthetic merit and investment potential.
But she also has to like the work, finding it difficult to sell something she doesn’t herself appreciate.
A Vancouver native, Denise majored in business in college, but a course in art history revealed it to be her true calling. In the early 80s she became an art consultant and began showing to corporate clients. The business did well and Denise adapted to a changing economy by offering limited edition prints and posters to suit conservative budgets.
During Expo 86 Denise operated a gallery in the Pan Pacific Hotel, but found that limited her efforts, preferring to deal one-on-one with the client; going to their home or office with just the right piece. Referring to herself as “Have Art – Will Travel,” she responds to clients’ calls by stocking her van with selected pieces for a personal showing. She has an on-going relationship with one of her first clients, Mr. Bruno Locher, (Locher-Evers International), and has recently worked with TSI Deltaport in Tsawwassen, supplying beautiful prints and posters that belie a carefully planned budget.
Among the artists Denise now represents is a father and daughter team, Robert and Sara Genn, both remarkable and yet very different artists. She also represents artists with a variety of interesting talents such as Leslie Poole, Ronald Dixon, Michael O’Toole, Steven Armstrong, Craig Yeats and John Ogilvy. With her personal service and passion for art, Denise Bezanson is a refreshingly unique and dedicated member of our artistic community.